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  1. 5 points
    Juan, wind power is variable, so it can never be depended on as base capacity or dispatchable capacity. When wind is available, it is much cheaper than even the variable costs of an NG generator, so it should be economically preferred when available. But since the wind sometimes quits blowing, the grid must be engineered to work without it. Since this is true anyway, it is not cost-effective to spend money on de-icing the blades in an environment where icing occurs only once a decade: the icing event can be treated like a no-wind event. Hardening against extreme cold is a different matter and is not the same as hardening against icing.
  2. 5 points
    TBH Norway has tremendous advantages over the US. First a tiny population of largely homogeneous people, second a very small footprint of cities and finally, lots and lots of money. They couldn't have s grid problem when they're already exporting power, versus say Kalifornistan, which needs imported power just to keep its head above water. So naturally they're overreaching on an already overtaxed system.
  3. 5 points
    I'm not sure what it is you are disagreeing with? Past administrations, of both parties, have consistently found reasons to engage, whether justifiably or even proven to be under true pretenses. Trump did not, and is in fact the first president in decades who did not. He also was working to extract us from ongoing troop deployments in areas with questionable motives (To keep our forces trained and experienced? I'll buy that.). My comment regarding armageddon was intended to mean that I fear the Biden administration may, intentionally or unintentionally, escalate tensions unnecessarily to such a level that some former or present/future superpower, or their proxy, lets loose with a missile or two. Cool heads in the military would be a deterrent against solely politically motivated actors in or near to the administration retalliating to the level of armageddon. Checks and balances. Your last statement is hard to disagree with. But with the Left moving to implement vast planet changing plans and readjustments, I simply don't trust them to do the right thing in real world politics. Domestic changes are one thing; foreign powers and their players may react in ways the Left never envisioned, or did....
  4. 5 points
    EV adoption will occur over 20+ years, which means the relevant question is, "Can the grid grow in step with EV demand?" Jason from Engineering Explained suggests that the grid has handled such growth in the past, and there's no reason to believe today is different: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dfyG6FXsUU In addition to that, Jason is missing an important detail: years ago, US electricity consumption began a slow decline. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_the_United_States#/media/File:US_Electricity_by_type.png Electric generators in many regions have been struggling due to low prices caused by oversupply. There are a lot of coal, gas, and nuclear plants either running at low capacity or completely idled. Liberal states may suffer, but that's nothing new and unrelated to EV demand. As we see increased demand from EVs, we're also seeing decreased demand from other sources. E.g. a) Conversion of lighting (10+% of electricity demand) from incandescent/fluorescent to LED is only beginning. b) New buildings have far lower energy demands than old buildings. Replacement of a pre-1970 building often reduces energy demand - including electricity - by 80%. Retrofits can achieve a 50% reduction. c) A/C units are becoming more efficient. Replacement of some old units results in a 50% reduction in energy consumption. d) Industry has recognized the value of energy efficiency. Technologies like more efficient power electronics, more efficient motors, and more careful programming of robots can reduce a factory's energy consumption by 10-30%. e) New technologies for smelting aluminum promise a 10-20% decrease in energy consumption. You get the point: there's a lot being done to reduce electricity demand. EVs might end up being a godsend for generators and utilities. Will we have problems when everyone plugs in their EV in the evening? No. Demand charges are easily implemented; it wouldn't be that difficult to spread the charging over the night when demand is low. This would boost capacity factors for struggling conventional generators. And then, when EVs finally outpace lost demand, we'll add more generators. Or maybe we'll fire up some of those mothballed coal plants.
  5. 4 points
    As Biden, the President of Climate Change, and Kerry, our fabulous Climate Czar, who just gave Japan the thumbs up to dump millions of tons of waste water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, who then flies off in his private jet to Martha's Vineyard, decide to create a massive legislative boondoggle called the Green New Deal. Now, they are not alone, they have the full throated backing from a bartender from Westchester NY, a socialist from Vermont, and other liberal climatoligists who get on twitter and tell us definitely that we're all going to all die in 10 years if we don't comply. So, all of the climate crew are preparing to bring America into the dark ages. We have the new DOE Grishom, ex-Michigan Gov. who didn't meet a pipeline she didn't want to expunge (and Whitmer has now taken up the mantel on Line 5), and then we have Haaland, head of DOI, who didn't meet a drilling rig she didn't want to burn to the ground. So, we have a group of thugs, pushing their agenda, and with no solutions, objectives, science, economics, or the actual future of the U.S. in mind, so they press ahead with a monumental agenda where no one wins, expect them. In 4 months, the U.S. production has dropped over 2 million barrels and the climate wizards are demanding that the U.S. drop its emissions by 50% by 2030. WHOA! How is that going to work? Doesn't matter, just gut up and do it. Overhauling the electric grid? 1/2 million charging stations? refitting millions of buildings, transitioning all federal vehicles to EVs, etc. It's such a lofty goal, but while being in Texas in February, I know for certain, that even 4 days without power, heat, communication and black ice, car dead, it's a pretty scary ordeal, and that's just 4 days. So, just wondering just a bit about solar and wind, no one seems to be considering the problem of the massive renewable capacity that will be required to supply energy to the nation. Not only the grid, but the vast swaths of land with new infrastructure at the same time that politicians and landowners from California to Vermont are fighting against the encroachment of large-scale renewable energy projects. New York is shutting down its last nuclear plant at Indian Point and Gov. (in big trouble) Cuomo won't allow drilling or pipelines, so this should be pretty interesting to watch next winter, L.A. County banned large wind turbines and San Bernardino Co, Humboldt County, and Santa Barbara County rejected new wind turbines in their communities. So as California, the big kahuna of renewable energy, between 2013 and 2019 California added less than 200MW of new wind energy capacity. California as we know, will do anything to get to their goal of 30% lower emissions this year, so it's not much of a challenge to find some of the projects they have promoted in order to reach that standard. Below is Ivanpah, with 350,000 garage size heliostats (mirrors) with 3 459' boiling towers costing $2.2B, backed by the U.S. taxpayers. The facility has had more problems than Biden's thought process and the beams from the sun blind pilots going into LAX, scorch birds out of the sky (called streamers) - not sparrows by the way, covers 4000 feet of land in the Mojave Desert which "was" protected for wind burrow and the desert tortoise (but, it's for the good of the environment you idiots), and its capacity for all its cost and environmental issues it generates 342MW of power. That would be 140,000 homes. Yup, what a great project, and let's mot forget Crescent Dunes, another solar project that went bankrupt last year. So, we are going into a big giant mass of insanity with the Biden Administration going back into the Iran Nuclear Deal and handing them bucks and China is paying Iran with their cryptocurrency to a million+ bbls of oil. So, the energy sector along with the country is in big trouble, and it's been 4 months. We see the oil price moving about $5 bucks up and down every couple of weeks, and it's unsettling with banks lending on environmental risk and social justice risk. Before the "Woke" came into play between energy and the lenders, risk was based on the proven reserves, developed and undeveloped, and now, how the hell do you calculate social justice risk? But, wait, Exxon, BP, Shell, Conoco has been fighting failing states like NY, MA, CT, DE (Biden's home town BTW) CA, etc. (blue=disaster), for climate change disinformation. As Biden says "Wreaked Havoc on Our Climate"! So, the Majors are now folding to the woke crowd, climate change will be the breakthrough for huge legal class actions, and the big question after all is said and done, will America survive?
  6. 4 points
    Such Bullshit. What's going on right now in this country? Civil disobedience? Peaceful protests?
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  8. 4 points
    It was 52min, not a day. (It was released by the CCP 52min after the Australian released it, not 1 day.) Modesty has its limits and on this anniversary of Australia’s first COVID-19 case, it’s time to tell the story of how our scientists took a bold leading role, bringing the world with them, as the pandemic began. For the first three months, through preparedness and agility, they were able to bestow a number of scientific gifts that would help the world manage COVID-19. In early January 2020, there was increasing chatter in the global infectious disease community about an unusual “pneumonia” in Wuhan. Edward Holmes, a renowned and somewhat rebellious virologist from the University of Sydney was the only Westerner working on this, with his Chinese colleagues. A few scientists in China were busy sequencing the genome of the virus behind this "pneumonia", but by January 5, Holmes' Chinese research partner had completed the sequence and they began writing a paper on it. Both he and Professor Yong-Zhen Zhang from Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre and School of Public Health, Fudan University, felt compelled to publish the sequence but there was pressure not to do so from Chinese authorities trying to maintain control of information about the virus. So, they lodged the sequence in the vault of the official US database at GenBank under embargo. Two days later, they submitted the paper to the journal Nature, knowing it would take some time to be published. But Holmes couldn’t sleep. “I felt like the gatekeeper. It was clear something very much like SARS was emerging and this information had to get out. But I didn’t want to cause trouble for Zhang at home.” After wrestling with angst all week, at 8am on Saturday, January 11, he picked up the phone in his study at home and called Zhang, urging him to release the sequence. Advertisement In Shanghai, Zhang was on the runway in a plane headed to Beijing. He wanted to think about it. A minute later, as the plane taxied, he called back. "Release it". As the plane lifted off, he asked a colleague in China to send it to Holmes. Almost trembling, Holmes called a colleague in Edinburgh, who ran the website virological.org, and gave him the news. “I was shaking as I pressed send, and off it went." It took 52 minutes from receiving the code from China to publishing it globally. In a tweet, Holmes then alerted the virology community around the world that the genome code was available. “Within seconds people responded with phrases like “we’re off” or “here we go”. It was a kind of ground zero for science. Researchers could start work.” The next day, they were remarking on the virus’ close relationship to SARS and its pandemic potential. Not only did the sequence enable the rapid development of diagnostic tests, it was the first-time people at Moderna, Pfizer and Oxford had seen the sequence. Moderna later said it downloaded it and began designing its vaccine that weekend. China officially published its genomic data the following day, on January 12. Holmes’ only regret is that he was not able to release the sequence earlier. There were consequences. Zhang’s lab was quoted as experiencing “rectification”, although his work has now been widely recognised and he has received a number of awards. In October, Holmes was named NSW Scientist of the Year. Advertisement Positive test A week later, the Chinese national from Wuhan who would become Australia’s first COVID-19 case landed at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, setting the ground for two local scientists to make another global move. By Friday morning, January 24, the man was at Monash Medical Centre, feverish and having difficulty breathing. Just after lunch, a nostril swab of his arrived at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL). Once testing was under way and the first test looked positive, Dr Julian Druce, head of virus identification and known for his green thumbs, began growing the virus in case it was the new coronavirus. Chance favours the prepared: Julian Druce and Mike Catton at VIDRL. Joe Armao In the early hours of Saturday, the man’s positive result was confirmed and later that morning the country learnt the novel coronavirus had arrived. It was January 25; the gong had sounded but no one knew what it signified. All through that Australia Day weekend, Druce and Dr Mike Catton, director of VIDRL, watched their seedlings. By Tuesday, January 28, the test read-out was “rip-roaringly strong” and they knew they’d done it. Like Holmes, they felt the pressing responsibility to share the knowledge, but shipping specimens of live virus around the world is a complex logistical process with stringent safety and security conditions. VIDRL is part of The Doherty Institute, which swung into action. By Thursday, frozen samples were being couriered to the airport. The pair learnt that many others had tried and failed to grow it. More requests than they could possibly meet, began arriving. As it happened, NSW had been growing it too but was a day behind because it needed to send its specimens to VIDRL to confirm results. Advertisement As the first samples were being shipped, the world clocked 1753 positive cases of the virus. With so many cases elsewhere, why were the Australians so awake and ahead? “Chance favours the prepared mind,” says Catton from Melbourne. He helped to establish The Doherty as a place where public health capacity and research capacity were brought together under one roof. In most places these are found in separate institutions, which is why others may have struggled to grow the virus. When the sample was brought to the public health laboratory at The Doherty, it could be diagnosed and cultured in the same laboratory, under high containment conditions. The cells were fresh, just hours old, and Druce always has flasks prepared and waiting, in case something needs to be cultured. Although he has decades of culturing experience, including world firsts, he says along with an element of luck, this time everything was aligned. Capacity to pivot Meantime Dr Steve Webb, an intensive care doctor from Royal Perth Hospital, was feeling the pressure too and was about to lead an international team in a massive effort to generate evidence so people with severe COVID-19 lung problems in ICU could be better treated. In 2013, he and three colleagues had established an innovative trial platform that was able to simultaneously test several therapies for pneumonia. The platform had an inbuilt capacity to pivot should the need arise. On January 17, 2020, it arose. “I was sitting in the British Airways lounge at Heathrow, scrolling through my emails when I saw a confidential early alert, saying there was evidence of human-to-human transmission in Wuhan. Advertisement “I knew we had to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic and on the plane home, I literally started work on the adaptations we needed to do to accommodate this virus.” Although this global trial platform has 300 hospitals, the engine room where all the planning and execution occurs is based at Monash, where Webb holds an academic position. "I knew we had to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic," says Steve Webb. For the past few years, he’s been leading the project funded by Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation. That early alert was five days before the official transmission announcement, and since then the platform has delivered results for about five treatments. Two of them – corticosteroids and immune modulators – are effective for severe lung disease. Identifying treatments that don’t work – some antivirals, blood thinners, and convalescent plasma – is equally important. To date, this is the only trial to have identified the effective treatment of more than one agent for COVID-19. It’s called the RemapCap which is mercifully short for “Randomised embedded multifactorial adaptive platform Community acquired pneumonia.” Webb says there are lots more treatments in the testing pipeline, “although we never know what’s going to come out next". Chance favours the prepared Advertisement While he was adjusting the RemapCap platform, researchers at The Doherty, Melbourne University and the Royal Melbourne Hospital were about to publish the first account in the world of how the immune system responds to COVID-19. No one yet knew what was happening with this disease at the immune level, and in March, they published an account in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine. They mapped the immune responses from a female patient in her 40s patient, showing her body’s ability to fight the virus and recover from the infection. Once again, chance favoured the prepared. They had a platform that enables a biological sampling to take place in returned travellers in the event of an unexpected infectious disease outbreak. Known as SETREP-ID, short for Sentinel Travellers and Research Preparedness for Emerging Infectious Disease, it has ethics and protocols in place, so when COVID-19 appeared, it was ready to go. Single national approach By the end of March, Australia was also ready to go with another innovation that the World Health Organisation, Canada, Germany and other countries are now following. Australia was already a world leader in developing "living guidelines". These are based on the best up-to-date evidence and are regularly revised, almost in real time, to guide the care of patients. They are very different to traditional clinical guidelines that take two years to develop and are then revised every five years or so. The new guidelines are updated weekly and move at a speed never anticipated, says Professor Elliott Justin McManus. Advertisement Associate professor Julian Elliott, who leads the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, says as the pandemic was gaining momentum, many organisations within Australia were developing their own guidelines and protocols for managing the disease. “We were seeing a lot of duplication and conflicting guidelines which often produce confusion and anxiety in healthcare workers." To head off impending disaster, the Taskforce moved quickly to develop a single true national approach. It started by drawing on the expertise of four peak professional groups. Now there are 32 groups that work on a 100 per cent consensus model to create well targeted, nuanced recommendations that provide clear guidance, to those treating all forms of COVID-19 on the front line in Australia. These COVID-19 guidelines are updated weekly and move at a speed never anticipated, in a new environment that is constantly changing. Before March was out, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia had taken a global lead too, by developing the first quality assurance program to ensure accuracy of laboratory testing for COVID-19. It created a model since followed by many other countries. Over these three crucial months, Australia demonstrated a readiness and a dexterity in science that has not been widely recognised.
  9. 4 points
    Well if you have not noticed Biden has managed to insult every major oil producing country aside from Iran and the North sea crowd....Ohh along with shale production. Now that may well demand some focus, and perhaps a very skeptical view of this current administration...very.
  10. 4 points
    Peak share below 10%. The whole green dream is a dream....the carbon footprints are going to grow no matter what kind of vehicle is predominant. To go green, we need to DE-GROW, DE-POPULATE, stop making STEEL, stop making CEMENT, stop PAVING HIGHWAYS, stop driving on CARBONIZED TIRES, stop using ELECTRICITY....in other words, GET POOR, and the poor will get much poorer very fast. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Difficult-Truth-About-Decarbonization.html Here we go, the new frontier, de-growth, https://www.jstor.org/stable/23460978?seq=1
  11. 4 points
    Never said that. What I did point out was that popularity is a good indicator for voting, hence the polling companies who ask how popular a president is at various stages in his term. What we have here is an incredibly unpopular Resident in the White House who nobody appears to have voted for. Pollsters don't dare publish a poll on his popularity although I'm certain they've got numbers right now. The internet sites are the canary in the coal mine. The fiction that 81 million people voted for him can't stand up to scrutiny.
  12. 4 points
    Radiation is when alpha, beta and gamma particles radiate away from the substance, changing it into something else. Half life has nothing to do with it, but there's a lot of ignorance on the subject. Look at the following chart. Not only is it less radioactive as time goes on, but there's less of it also. Transmutation occurs, uranium changes into lead as the most classic case.
  13. 4 points
    You just proved my point. People on websites are laughing about clicking the downvotes on Xiden videos. Clearly the Whitehouse isn't buying Google ads so it's something else. Trivial to catch automated clicks so QED they're humans, as I've said. YouTube's mass deletes of dislikes are to cover embarrassment, not make up for fake clicks. My analysis stands and like everything else we've seen this past year, Google is using their stature to squelch discussion, debate and dissent. They're enjoying being 😈
  14. 4 points
    Wrong. We know it is a bio-weapon. We know it escaped from the lab in Wuhan. We know their containment measures were not up to scratch. We know that even if the escape was accidental, the cover-up was not. We also know that the WHO was criminally negligent in not declaring a pandemic until it was too late. As for politics, the China Virus cost America and the world a great POTUS that was re-building his country and bringing peace to the planet. Now we are on the verge of WW3 and rightly so. You may be interested in this article: America’s Broken Civil-Military Relationship Imperils National Security | Foreign Affairs Whichever way you cut it, the Chinese have rubbed our noses in their virus and the only solution to that is military. You need to remember that this virus has cost Australia at least $1 trillion dollars and enormous misery despite the fact that like other Asian nations, we have fared well on the death toll. And what happened when we called for an inquiry into the origins of the virus? The CCP stopped buying $40bn of our coal and $20bn of our agricultural products. Science does not live in a vacuum, my friend. There is no "scientific solution" to a global economic hit of $100 trillion, millions of un-necessary deaths, and horrendous deprivation of liberty. The damage has already been done. Except to China. Yet. Do you understand?
  15. 4 points
    I disagree with your assessment. U.S. does not want involvement in useless wars that are not in our country's interest. We can't be the world's policemen anymore. The U.S. should not lose one single life or spend billions to protect a corrupt Ukraine government. Germany and France diss U.S. natural gas and pay Russia $ Billions for their natural gas. They then expect U.S. to fight their wars for them. Similar to the Obama/Biden Administration, Germany and France will probably sign another worthless "Coalition of the Willing" like they did in Syria. Just like Syria they will not put any "skin in the game". or Like Secretary of State Hillary did with the UN. Hillary had the U.N. Security Council approve NATO attack Libya and kill khadafi because Libya was not renewing oil contracts with Europe's NATO countries and started negotiations with Russia and China. The U.S. supplied 95% of the missiles, bombs, air power and the associated Billions in cost. Khadafi was killed, Hillary cackled like a hyena and Libya has been a mess ever since. Hillary quote, "We came , we saw , he died (laughter) ". The U.N. charter prohibits it from getting involved in a country's internal domestic conflicts. Hillary doesn't care, she did it anyway. The 2016 election was coming. She wanted to blow something up to prove she has a pair. A tactic she learned from hubby Bill who sent a few cruise missiles to blow up a baby formula factory. What's most likely ? Joe will let Russia walk in and take Ukraine just like Obama/Biden let Russia take Crimea. Russia can smell Biden's Weakness. Russia will wait some time before they take action . Biden calls Putin a killer and now expects Putin to call him and explain his actions. Knucklehead.
  16. 3 points
    Here is a link to the article Key passages are these. Standard home outlets generally put out about 120 volts of power at what electric vehicle aficionados call "Level 1" charging, while the high-powered specialty connections offer 240 volts of power and are known as "Level 2." By comparison, Tesla's "Superchargers," which can fully charge its cars in a little over an hour, offer 480 volts of direct current. and Roughly one in five plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners switched back to owning gas-powered cars, in large part because charging the batteries was a pain in the… trunk, the researchers found. Of those who switched, over 70% lacked access to Level 2 charging at home, and slightly fewer than that lacked Level 2 connections at their workplace. "If you don't have a Level 2, it's almost impossible," said Tynan (one of the researchers), who has tested a wide range of makes and models of PEVs over the years for his research. The research also notes that consumers are reluctant to use public charging stations but does not suggest any reasons for this..
  17. 3 points
    That is just not the case. The organized aspect is not relevant since people are correctly more distrustful of their organizations the same way they are distrustful of their government. People are broadening their religious perspective to a more universal and less sin centered view. There are very many globalist infiltrated ministries that are losing their flock, just as the Catholic church had been.
  18. 3 points
    The Dems did not reform, they just had a new stratagem to divide the country by enslaving the same minorities into a "welfare" system designed to create and perpetuate destitution and dependency on them. The Marxist front end of the Dems had taken over the party in the 1920s and matured into the cultural malignancy of the new left environmental social and race based divisions intended to destroy the US within Khrushchev's stated plan of destroying the US without firing a shot. Dems are now aligned with the CCP and continue on the same treasonous path as before, with the same targets of enslavement as before. The main difference from the past being that the plan to kill off the white Christians went from being at the Dem fringe to the center, as that is what the Davos crowd want along with their CCP allies.
  19. 3 points
    New Hampshire Calling Mr Van Eck @Jan van Eck you still in the neighborhood? Here's where the cheating hubris caught them. Just like in Antrim, they grabbed votes in an out of the way locale, figuring no one would notice. But notice they did. I'm observing that the Xiden administration is changing their tune from "we won" to "we were certified".
  20. 3 points
    Wow!! That is bad. I wish you luck in the repair of this injury. That is still no reason for taking the vaccine. Unless you are over 65 and have significant comorbidity factors, the "vaccines" are more dangerous than the disease. Only 6% of reported CV19 deaths are caused by the viral disease, the rest are caused by the comorbidities and CV19 was coincidental to the death. Preventive measures are effective, from proper nutrition (particularly vit D and C, Zinc) to simple old drugs like HCQ and then treatments if you actually do have symptoms.
  21. 3 points
    The fact checkers are lying. The medical ones are sent to an organization that has its funds invested in pharma companies. 15% in JnJ alone. Al fact checkers are politically biased corporatist fascists with no adherence to facts. Note that the fact checking center looking at the president was disbanded before Biden's address to a tiny fraction of the Union.
  22. 3 points
    Again, I see no relation to add to the audit vs constitution or "it's over" argument About what you mention Firstly, the key point is if the company can find the evidences or not, regardless of what they believe or how they execute it, surely they will need to show it to the judge to persuade the hardiness of their evidences, probably with a non disclosure agreement. What is the motivation of any auditor that believe that there is no problem when they start auditing something? Reading the 2 links you sent, I see different motivation for the request here: They want guarantees that voter privacy and ballot secrecy would be ensured and the company wants to ensure it by: The judge removed the company's excuse would remove the recount halted request's excuse as the same time Isn't this we both want?
  23. 3 points
    It is very apparent you have no clue how businesses operate and supply and demand. Oil prices go up, so do the prices of all commodities ... including all the REE's, Li is already sky rocketing, so is copper and along with the the list of all REE's. The hype is amazing for the promoters of EVs and all these green hogwash being pushed. They are not green the only thing green about all these "green" techs (99% of green tech) is the GREEN GREED!!!! All these tech companies and other companies developing so called EVs and other such techs are still polluting but getting credits by buying and selling those , I dig a hole here, I burn this here but I plant 50 trees there so I get a green credit. SHAM!!!
  24. 3 points
    The British government has stepped in to save a giant oil refinery from insolvency, according to the Daily Telegraph. Essar Oil controls sixth of the country's petrol and diesel needs and the government cannot afford to let the company collapse; it is going to get a relief from its tax liability - a sum of £400 ($680) million. The fact that the refinery, which spans over 700 acres in the north west England, employs over 900 people with a contract force of over 800 people make the development a serious issue at a critical time. The company that produces over 10 billion litres of aviation fuel has been hit hard by the crisis in the aviation industry which show no sign of making a full recovery. More on that is here:
  25. 3 points
    Not many here fully realize the history of how we got from Edison's Pearl Street Station in NYC to the current grid. There were a lot of twists and turns, losers and winners, local utilities, growing larger, then interconnecting more and more. Our entire grid is a "legacy system". Electricity is REALLY addicting stuff, no?
  26. 3 points
    I can see what these kinds of news didn't tell you: 1 Didn't count in the prevention from south Mexico border. It should be the first priority. How much reports on how minor is treated depends on how hostile media were to Trump compares to Obama or Biden now, given the same people who are doing the same jobs. Currently how minors treated are worse because more heeded Biden calls which make the facility overflown. This is the recipe of a crisis. Consider of the prevention from the south border, Trump did prevent lots of tragedies minor would be treated on the way to the US border and when was inside US. The opposite should be applied to Obama or Biden. 2 I doubt there was any city declared itself as sanctuary cities under Obama, how efficient can Federal ICE be without States or Cities 's cooperation? 'Half of the bread is still the bread, but half of the truth is not the truth'
  27. 3 points
    I don't see how reporting on someone else's narrative reflects on my psychological state. I am talking about how you would deal with the interpretations of Q questions by the anons to confirm or dismiss them and the difficulty of obtaining solid facts on these issues. If you noticed, Q is not in court. Siding with Biden, his policies, his means of coming to power is not within the realm of "reasonable".
  28. 3 points
    The owners and players are cashing in, Just like Hollywood who’s biggest investments for funding is China! And if you’re smart enough to kiss China’s ASS, The human rights violatior country will make you Rich! Just look how many Actors do Commercials of IN CHINA ONLY use! These are all greedy pricks that shoot off their mouths in the United States but kiss China’s Ass!
  29. 3 points
    I also feel that the targeted reductions will be extremely difficult, and expensive, to achieve. So was "printing" mRNA. So was nuclear power. So will be fusion boilers. We ain't seen nothin' yet.
  30. 3 points
    Democrats BULLSHIT...And when they bankrupt America these asshole will live in luxury with all their private Companies that get the contracts!
  31. 3 points
    NMC batteries require cobalt for fire reasons and longevity reasons. Fire reasons: ALL batteries eventually die when they grow dendrites between layers in the cell causing a SHORT CIRCUIT. When this happens in most batteries it just gets hot and battery dies. Lithium when it gets hot, creates cell swelling which eventually bursts, which exposes the lithium to oxygen at which point it catches on fire unless it has a moderator such as Potassium and Iron. In the case of Cobalt, Nickel chemistry, this modifier is not there even with the Cobalt. What the Cobalt does is severely limit that dendrite growth as Cobalt is essentially a noble metal itself. How TESLA etc get around said dendrite growth as the batteries age is they build fuses into EACH cell(expensive) so that even if one cell dies, the total amount of heat generated by JUST the battery self discharging is limited to a single cell instead of the WHOLE battery pack. This still does not necessarily stop the fires, but with the addition of forced water cooling on modern battery packs... this becomes a much more limited issue. You can get the same result with cheap materials such as magnesium instead of cobalt, but the battery does not last all that long, has inferior amperage(usually), voltage, range, etc. These are the lithium batteries most commonly in your laptop, cordeless handtools, or dirt cheap electric vehicles or all those demo electric vehicles. Reason for NMC is higher energy density, higher voltage, higher current. Result, quicker charging, more range, etc, Magnesium based instead of Cobalt have roughly same discharge current, but charging is slower, life is shorter, and energy density is worse. From what I have read nearly all electric vehicles produced to this date use the Magnesium chemistry with the exception being TESLA. LFP, has a gargantuan problem, you can't charge them below freezing or you will destroy them a couple charges, their charge rate compared to NMC is SLOW, VERY SLOW, and have roughly 60% the energy density of NMC. They make Awesome battery banks for your home, boat, RV, but for a car? Not so much. Though I currently use them for my bike. LFP is also cheaper currently. When their cells die, they can make a whitish smoke, but it is not toxic and is not indicative of fire. So, if you can guarantee they never get charged below freezing, then they are wonderful, otherwise you have to insulate the batteries, put in a heater, put in thermostats etc to keep them warm yadda yadda to get around the freezing issue which raises cost and you still have the major problems of SLOW to charge, low energy density. So, short ranged commuter only cars is what LFP is good for. DO remember you have to judge said cars not by their brand new shiny maximums, but after they have been used for a long time. So, daily use of 50 miles to 100 miles is A-Ok for LFP in warm climates. LFP do NOT like to be hot either so in a desert conditions, they are REALLY going to struggle. Need active cooling, but then so will NMC to an even greater extent for long life. So far it seems to be an issue everyone has gotten around so, probably high temp is a non issue anymore. PS: All batteries like to only be discharged ~10% for maximum life, so just because Lithium can be discharged ~90% of its full capacity and do so more several times more than lead acid, if you limit total discharge to ~10% and only charge to ~85%, then LFP will last ~10,000 cycles at least and closer to 20,000 and so will high cobalt content Lithium chemistry batteries. There are other lithium cells like Lithium Titanate which can be 100% discharged well over 20,000 times, but have that massive problem that they are only 75% efficient(just as bad as lead acid), and require titanium, and only have an energy density roughly that of lead acid batteries, but can discharge/charge at 50C, which is utterly jaw dropping. These are used in medical devices usually.
  32. 3 points
    There have been few free and fair elections in the US since Boss Tweed's New York. There is a constant fight to clean up elections. The government is not neutral, it has its own interests and its own preferred candidates. It does not shy away from dictating via all possible methods, legal or otherwise, who wins an election or even a nomination. With the advent of digital elections, and registries, the scale and scope of electoral fraud has increased to unprecedented levels where fake ballots and fake voter registrations can exceed real ones in some counties. Your "experts" are highly paid con artists hired to PR away the real problem by those who won their elections via fraud - which is most Dem officials, whether they needed the assistance of fraud or didn't. From my research, the clear picture is that election fraud is more prevalent than fair elections in any place using digital voting equipment, more so when it is controlled by Dem election officials. The scale nationwide is Fake registrations ~20 mil Fake ballots beyond fake registrations - 8 mil Digital vote flipping and weighted counts 7-8 mil. Digital vote deletions 2 mil Total fake votes counted 35 mil. 37 mil differential from true vote. The vast majority of the fake votes are for Dem candidates, but there are many Reps that won by fake ballots. Particularly at their primaries. I believe Congress has not been reflecting the vote since the 2000 election cycle. It was predominantly Red since Gingrich and stayed that way. I don't believe CA is actually a blue state as it is home to all the most extreme manipulations you could imagine since Reagan breached into the governorship. Dems had to "fix" that problem. The state subsidiaries or contractors that produced your references are propaganda.
  33. 3 points
    @Ecocharger, There really are two major problems with Cobalt that are even larger than the simple problem of supply quantity.. Everyone mentions the supply constraint in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). However, nobody mentions that the Cobalt companies in the Congo are majority-owned by the Chinese. Furthermore, semi-refined cobalt is not usable, and more than 80% of the final cobalt refining capacity is in China. Until the world finds more Cobalt ore, and more importantly builds independent refining capacity, NCM batteries are at the mercy of the Chinese. The alternative is to use batteries that do not use Cobalt. The Chinese also own a bunch of Lithium mining operations in the world, but the situation is not nearly as dire on the mining side and the world can fairly easily find new sources. However, the refining problem of lithium is just as bad. Today, a very large percentage of the world's lithium refining capacity is in China. For example, Tesla's new battery plant in Texas will use Australian Lithium, but it will be refined in China. The US and the rest of the world are in fierce trade competition with China, and we need to fix this by adding independent metals refining capacity among may other things. China became dominant by using very low-cost labor and high levels of automation to drive the price down. To address the projected lithium shortage spike in 2030, EV manufacturers (or somebody) will need to invest in new mines, but even more importantly they will need to invest in non-Chinese lithium refining. We learned to our dismay with crude oil that state operators can create cartels and raise prices far beyond costs, either for political or economic reasons. Saudi Arabia ("OPEC") forced the price of crude to above $100/bbl when the marginal lifting cost was below $10/bbl. The Arab League also used an oil boycott directly or political reasons in 1973, causing very large worldwide disruption: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_oil_crisis There is very little to stop China from doing the same thing unless we start now. It took us from 1973 to about 2015 finally use the shale revolution to provide the necessary "screw you" to OPEC.
  34. 3 points
    Yes reduced substantially by using HYDROXYCHLOROQUIN, z-PAC. But you media fools lied to everyone along with the fake report study. Miraculously it works wonders now. Zero Deaths zero hospital. But CNN MSNBC NBC CBS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DEATHS OF 500,000 AMERICANS AND MILLIONS AROUND TGE WORLD.
  35. 3 points
    While the precision of the publicly available Edison data may be in question, the official tally is composed of this data. Second, several teams actually purchased the raw precinct data feed files for several swing states and they reveal a far larger vote count flipping, erasure and systemic algorithmic manipulation of the counts. The claim of disinformation is self descriptive. The data stands. The disinformation claims don't.
  36. 3 points
    It is a pity that there seems to be a major conflict between public health and the perceived loss of liberties. This will not be the last pandemic. I feel that continued advancement in genetic science will eventually be able to react with greater flexibility and even greater speed. This may not need be limited to vaccinations, but advanced therapeutics as well. They could even have petroleum-derived formulations. It seems that the trials/testing duration (to ensure safety and effectiveness) will be most difficult to shrink. As with all "drugs", there can be side effects. The number of drugs on the market that list one of the side effects as "blood clots" is mind-boggling. I recall sitting in on a first-day course for Pharmacy majors. The very first action from the prof was to walk up to the blackboard and write in large letters: DRUGS = POISONS
  37. 3 points
    It took 19 years of a 20 year deployment to figure it out. You can’t occupy countries. Friend or for there is no need for troops unless they are footing the bill. This is a make it rain missile age of conflict.
  38. 3 points
    CNN is in a very bad spot right now, currently there are two major defamation lawsuits against them. Let us not forget they have already lost one. These videos being disclosed have some very complicated issues in them, not only civil liabilities but very damaging FCC rules in regards to election laws. Losing three civil cases would greatly damage the networks ability to defend themselves in a legal case.
  39. 3 points
    The "hand counts of ballots" when they are allowed do not match. Antrim county is the poster child for this. The only reason a recount was allowed there was because of the down ballot races! The heavily Republican county had a ridiculous number of votes go to the Demoncrats there. The math matches what happened elsewhere, what shows up as fractional voting and a clear algorithmic manipulation. But no one wants to admit the presidential election was stolen. It's like the proverbial tree falling in the forest. As long as no one gets to hear, we can keep pretending it didn't make a sound. The bad guys are losing. CNN caught with their pants down. They make a (fraudulent) statement, then veritas releases the next video. Hilarious. That's your team.
  40. 3 points
    The highest pollution levels ever recorded in London or Los Angeles are an order of magnitude less than what there is in Eastern China nearly every day. 1970’s LA the sky was brown and the air smelled, but you could still see the Sierra Nevada range in the distance. In Beijing you can’t even see the building across the street much of the time.
  41. 3 points
    538 is a joke and so are the fake polls. They're like companies keeping two sets of books, one showing the real finances and the other for the public. They know to the gnat's eyebrow how unpopular Xiden is, they just don't dare publish it. Now you'll pretend you don't know about Project Veritas and their epic take-down of CNN? Roughly what I've been claiming on this site for years? CNN=Corrupt News Network
  42. 3 points
    I'm good, my man - I live in Norway! Also I have some very nice bottles of sake from Fukushima prefecture, and so far no sign of any extra legs! Again your terminology indicates you have very little familiarity with the details and are just parroting soundbites. There's a whole lot more to radioactive wastewater treatment than if it is filtered once or twice, lol! The biggest impact of this will be on Fukushima fisherman and other producers and it's all sadly down to public misconception of the dangers. Their reputation will be (further) damaged even though this controlled release is fully in line with international standards and industry practice. In fact Japan already has way lower allowable levels of radiation in general food than EU, US - about 10x lower. And half that again specifically for Fukushima in an attempt to bolster public confidence. This release will be calculated to maintain those already low levels. So impact will be negligible even at the source, hard to even detect further afield. But people like you will continue spouting uninformed garbage! Don't get me wrong, nuclear power deserves its bad rep to a degree, but it is so very blown up out of proportion in the public eye. I liken it to public perception of air travel - any air crash is a major catastrophe and international news. People are horrified by the idea of a plane crash and many are too scared to fly at all. Reality is air travel is the safest form of transport by a long way. Same with nuclear power vs. many other forms of energy generation.
  43. 3 points
    That plan for greening China is short on details, no surprise. We will see China continuing to grow in reliance on coal, as shown by their current massive increase in coal production. Any attempt to make Chinese people poorer would be bad politics for the current leader. The CCP system for leadership review and replacement does not allow for a smooth transition.
  44. 3 points
    Yes, is true, coal plants produce tailings because of the fly ash, and that fly ash must be disposed from, that an issue they are really toxic, but that can be stored and used in the concrete as a enchanced, concrete mixed with ash is better A good chunk of the pollution in china and india is not just power generation but industrial coal uses in heating and steel industry, blast furnaces more precisely, which are sectors in which is expensive to put aftertreatment systems like in coal powerplants, on the other hand GE offers a wide array of way to reduce coal pollution at levels even lower than natural gas. IN the European Union which has stronger pollution standards for powerplants against the USA, the limit of natural gas plants are 50Mg/Nm3 of NOx, 35Mg/Nm3 of SO2, and 5-10Mg/Nm3 of particulate matter, better known as soot, for china the rule of new coal plants that have to operate after 2020 is 50Mg/Nm3 of NOx, 35Mg/Nm3 of SO2 and 10Mg/Nm3 of Soot. If you want General Electric will offer you even lower emissions for the aftreatment of coal powerplants, 10Mg/Nm3 of NOx, 15Mg/Nm3 of SO2, and 10Mg/Nm3 of of Soot, 2.5Mg/Nm3 if you use a fabric soot filter. So yes, electrifying industry and using the coal mainly at the powerplants would eliminate air pollution in china and india Europe emission limits China new emissions limits General electric coal pamphlet.
  45. 3 points
    You know, I know, and the White House knows those aren't bots. What the Xiden administration did was demand that Trump hand over his "followers" on social media. Trump built those viewers up from scratch, Xiden couldn't. Millions of Trump followers are being handed Xiden content and they're voting it down, at a rate of perhaps 1/1000 bothering to click on the down arrow. If Xiden really got 80 million votes he'd have 80 million of his own followers no? The fact that he doesn't is the embarrassment they've asked Google to hide
  46. 3 points
    Dude, you took an engineering discussion and moved the goal posts to economics. Now I can "fix" your economics mistakes by pointing out things like lenders make money on interest rate charged and have no interest in "taking a piece of the oil industy's pie". Car loans are car loans and the vast majority of those are backed by the auto manufacturer themselves. They subsidize the interest rate so the consumer sees a zero interest loan while the real finance charge is closer to 8%. Cars aren't houses (which appreciate in value) so the rates need to be higher to compensate for the multiple risks. I've been in high tech my whole life. Yes things move very quickly but the laws of thermodynamics don't. There is no Tesla on the planet that has actually gone 500k miles. That's poppycock, it's a number based on a scientific wild assed guess concerning battery cycle rates seen under lab conditions. You don't have to take my word for this, just take a good hard look at your notebook computer battery. Same technology and regardless of what the vendor claimed, the real life utility of a notebook battery is 3 years. Period. Cell phones? You tell me, and remember your opinion is likely subjective but Apple had to pay a class action lawsuit on this. I'm all for technical advancement, but government putting its thumb on the scale and picking winners and losers is economic malpractice and any legitimate economist knows it.
  47. 3 points
    This is a straw man for several reasons: 1) Economic impact does not require everyone to afford a new EV. It's sufficient for some percentage of people to replace their vehicles. 2) Within five years, EVs will be cheaper than ICEs - not only in total lifecycle cost, but in purchase price. 3) Auto loans are cheap and plentiful. When lenders realize they can take a piece of the oil industry's pie by offering loans on EVs, they'll aggressively pitch those loans to cost-conscious consumers. This is the outdated information I'm talking about. In fact, I don't think that figure was ever correct - but let's assume for the sake of argument it is. "End of life" for a battery is defined as the point at which its capacity declines to X%. I believe it's around 80%, which means the total degradation over the entire life of the battery cannot exceed about 20%. 10% per year? Maybe the 1st-gen, air-cooled batteries Nissan made a decade ago and foolishly sold to people in deserts. The current generation of liquid-cooled batteries? No. Tesla is already making batteries that go 500k+ miles and perform well in commercial service. I.e. batteries are already more durable than consumer ICEs. The mistake you just made is a teachable moment for everyone: technology changes fast, and the changes are accelerating. Back in the 1980's, an engineer's knowledge had a shelf life of 10ish years; after a decade, he needed to think about learning something new. Today, the shelf life of that knowledge is <3 years. He must be learning constantly just to stay afloat. How does this apply to economic arguments? Do not rely solely on past information. At a bare minimum, it's necessary to consider the most recent technologies in the field - but even that's not enough. To truly know what's going on, it's necessary to know what's coming down the R&D pipeline. The technologies being developed today typically don't reach the market for 5-10 years. Good luck with that though. R&D pipelines are closely guarded secrets, which is why those attempting to predict the future resort to learning curves and extrapolation. I can say this for certain though: anyone whose analysis relies solely on past data will be woefully wrong. Technology is moving too fast for that.
  48. 3 points
    China is a "leader"? Check this out, this is the real carbon footprint of the electric revolution. EV's mean more coal, they are coal-cars. https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/China-Started-More-Coal-Plants-Than-The-Entire-World-Retired-In-2020.html
  49. 3 points
    Conversion to 100% EV in California will result in 10.4 KWh/day per person in California. This is a whole bunch. I think it is roughly equal to the current per-capita daily average consumption in the state (I'm having trouble computing this, please help): that is, we will need to double the amount of delivered electricity to reach 100%. Note that California has quite a low per-capita consumption of electricity, because we don't need as much heating and cooling as most states, so most states won't need to double their electricity for this. It's not really that bad, since electrical efficiency gains are occurring quite rapidly, especially for all those motors in homes and buildings, and new construction is much more energy efficient than older structures. Also, intelligent demand management and localized energy storage will knock the peaks down a whole lot, so the same grid can handle more energy. The problem is even bigger than this: we also want to quit using NG completely. I'm not sure, but this may be on the same order of magnitude as the transition away from petroleum. There are also the "minor" issues of jet fuel and cement. For jet fuel, you can make it from CO2 and H2, with the H2 made from still more electricity. For cement, you can also use H2 for the heat needed to calcine the lime, but no matter how you do that it still emits CO2. but all that electricity has to come from somewhere. On the plus side, you save bunches of energy by not producing, transporting, storing, and delivering all that NG and petroleum product, and the money needed to maintain all that infrastructure can be used to maintain the electrical grid instead. Conclusion: moving away from fossil fuels will require a whole bunch of work, spread over at least 30 years. I suspect this will be worth it based purely on economics, without regard to climate change.
  50. 3 points